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Food Security: A Post-modern Perspective

Published on 1 January 1994

The paper explores post-modern currents in food security. It identifies three main
shifts in thinking about food security since the World Food Conference o f 1974: from
the global and the national to the household and the individual; from a food first
perspective to a livelihood perspective; and from objective indicators to subjective
perception. It finds these shifts to be consistent with post-modern thinking in other
spheres. And it draws on the wider debate to recommend food security policy which
eschews meta-narratives in favour of recognising diversity, providing households and
individuals with choices which contribute to self-determination and autonomy. The
current conventional wisdom on food security is reviewed and some post-modern
amendments are suggested.

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published by
Maxwell, Simon


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